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Anniversary Wishes and Messages

Expressing good anniversary messages can make your note stand out from the crowd.

All the couples you know likely celebrate an anniversary each year. Wouldn’t it be great if the anniversary wishes you extend stand out from the crowd?

Sometimes it’s not enough to give your loved one a cookie-cutter anniversary card. You want to include a message that sounds like you put some thought into it. And, when you can’t come up with a greeting that’s tender, smart, or funny, you can do the next best thing: Find one that we thought up for you!

Our treasure trove of anniversary messages recognizes that every couple is different. Some are Mr. and Mrs.; some are LGBT. And some aren’t married at all.

Peruse our selection, and chances are you’ll find one that speaks to you and your significant other. And you’ll find options for your friends and family.

Best Anniversary Wishes

Whether they bring a smile or a tear, each of these messages lets your partner know you’re grateful to be sharing your life:

1.) To my better half: Thanks for making me whole.

2.) We won’t grow old together. We’ll stay young together.

3.) I can’t say we’ve been together through good times and bad.

4.) As long as we’re together, it’s all good.

Good anniversary wishes.

5.) YES. I’d do it all over again.

6.) We’ve worked hard at our marriage. That’s why our marriage works.

7.) I never considered myself particularly smart — until I wound up with you.

Marriage Anniversary Wishes

8.) From the engagement ring to the wedding ring to the three-ring circus, it’s been a lot of fun.

9.) I’ve made some pretty dumb choices in my life. Luckily, I got the most important one right. Happy anniversary, honey!

10.) Wherever you are is home to me. Thanks for being ‘home.’

11.) I remember setting off on our honeymoon. But I don’t remember it ever ending.

12.) What’s the one gift we exchange but will never take back? Our wedding vows. Happy anniversary!

13.) We’re still having fun, and you’re still the one.

14.) We don’t need to spend lots of money on our anniversary. We just need to spend our anniversary together.

15.) If I had my life to live over I’d have married you sooner!

16.) Our marriage may not be perfect. But ‘perfect’ would be perfectly boring.

17.) We go together, like everywhere!

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18.) Together, we can face anything. Or anyone.

19.) I was never much good at tying knots — until we tied that knot together.

20.) Maybe we like being married so much because we’re so much alike.

21.) You’re so negative; you thought we’d never last. But I was so positive we would. And opposites attract.

22.) You’ve always known I’d stick with you because I’m stuck on you.

23.) It doesn’t feel right being apart from you because you’re a part of me.

24.) It’s time we went out on a date — because the date happens to be our anniversary.

Happy anniversary love.

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25.) Maybe it sounds sappy to say I love you more with each passing year. But I’d rather be a sap than a liar.

26.) A boring marriage without fights is not a marriage worth fighting for.

27.) I may be getting older, but with every passing year, there’s one thing about me that keeps getting better: You.

28.) I knew it’d be a marriage made in heaven when I married an angel.

29.) In every marriage, you’ve got to take the bad with the good.

30.) Thanks for being the good, honey.

31.) Marriage has been a journey toward mutual respect and understanding. Thanks for sharing it with me.

32.) I don’t think I could match your anniversary gift this year. I mean, c’mon, you gave me a child!

To my better half saying.

Funny Anniversary Messages

Marriage is a laughing matter, right? These lighthearted greetings are sure to improve your significant other’s mood significantly.

33.) Today, we celebrate the best decision you ever made (uh, replace “you” with “I.”)

34.) Even though our waistlines keep growing, so does the love. It must be the real thing.

35.) Every year, you manage to get me the best possible anniversary gift: Yourself.

36.) It’s been a great ride: bumps and all.

37.) Our anniversary is always a happy occasion for me. Because you always renew my contract for another year.

38.) Reaching an anniversary milestone: Priceless. For all the anniversary gifts, there’s MasterCard.

39.) Our marriage is like the stock market. It has its ups and downs, but the long-term trend is pretty solid.

40.) The years are going by so fast. Time flies when you’re having babies.

41.) I’m glad we became a couple before we were just a couple of misfits.

42.) I don’t need you every minute of the day. A few hours a day for the rest of my life will do quite nicely.

43.) Running changed my life. I was able to catch you.

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Anniversary Wishes Funny

44.) We seem to enjoy each other’s company. So glad we went into business together. Happy anniversary, partner!

45.) On the road of life, I was a hopeless hitchhiker — until you gave me a lift.

46.) Thanks for standing by me right down the line — even when I stepped over it.

47.) I used to think true love only happened in fairy tales. Then I snapped my fingers, there was a flash of light, and you magically appeared. Thanks for happily-ever-aftering with me.

48.) We’re so compatible; we don’t even need a Sleep Number bed.

49.) I know what I did to deserve you. I begged and pleaded until you caved.

50.) Let’s argue on our anniversary. I say I’m the lucky one in the marriage. Go ahead — disagree with me!

51.) Thanks for another winning year. Even if I were a free agent, I wouldn’t switch teams.

52.) I’d marry you all over again. And this time there’d be no sweaty palms.

53.) You’re more than the sun in the morning and the moon at night — happy anniversary to my favorite celestial body.

54.) Our marriage works because we each bring something to the table. I’m sure glad you bring the food.

Humorous and Amusing Wishes

55.) They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. You took the more direct route. Happy anniversary, honey!

56.) We know each other so much better than when we were first married. Yet somehow, we’re still together!

57.) Even though we got hitched, it’s still fun horsing around together.

58.) Love means never having to say you’re sorry. So I’ll just say, “I apologize.” Thanks for putting up with me all these years!

59.) I remembered our anniversary, honey. Do I still have to get you a gift?

60.) I’m so lucky I won your hand in marriage. The rest of you isn’t so bad, either!

61.) For our anniversary this year, I feel like going a little nuts. Could you go for some cashew chicken down at the Chinese place?

To My Wife – Anniversary Messages

There are a lot of great places to spend your anniversary, but the doghouse is not one of them. These greetings should help you steer clear of there:

62.) I know I do little things that annoy you. At least forgetting our anniversary isn’t one of them.

63.) If I never seem to make a big deal out of our anniversary, maybe it’s because I’m celebrating every day with you.

64.) You’ve always been behind me all the way. Sorry, I walk so fast.

65.) I could have chosen a lot of women. But since polygamy is illegal, I think I did the right thing. Happy anniversary, honey!

66.) You’re the perfect wife: Wise enough to know when I’m wrong but honest enough to admit when I’m right.

67.) I never have to remind you to remind me about our anniversary coming up. Thanks, honey.

68.) They say couples are married as long as we start to look alike. Just don’t grow a beard, OK?

Spouse Anniversary Wishes

69.) You’re more than a trophy wife. So I’ll never leave you on the shelf.

70.) I’d get down on my knee all over again for you. I can’t promise I could get back up! Happy Anniversary!

71.) You still take my breath away. Happy Anniversary!

72.) Thank You For Being Everything I Could Ever Want In This Lifetime.

73.) In your eyes, I see my best self. Thanks for the love and kindness you’ve brought to our marriage and for the beauty you’ve brought into my life. Happy Anniversary.

74.) When I look into your eyes, I still tend to lose my train of thought. Happy Anniversary.

75.) Our bond today is even stronger than the day we married.

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I'd have married you sooner.

To My Husband

Try a little tenderness it works on men as well as women:

76.) Even if you lose your job, you’ll never lose your wife.

77.) We make beautiful music together. I get the dishwasher humming while you keep the lawnmower in tune.

78.) Happy anniversary, honey.

79.) I’d love you even if you don’t kill spiders.

80.) Have a beautiful day, because I’ll have one just thinking of you.

81.) I love our laughter, our joy, our life. I love you. Happy Anniversary.

82.) Two hearts, one life, love it!

83.) Our wedding was many years ago, but the celebration continues to this day.

84.) You’re the perfect husband. You like to cuddle, yet you always give me my space.

More of the best anniversary wishes for your husband.

Hubby Anniversary Messages

85.) Some women celebrate their anniversaries every year. I celebrate every day with you.

86.) Our successful marriage is all about compromise. I let you play golf on weekends; you let me join you — Happy anniversary to my favorite partner (on or off the course).

87.) A husband whose wife cooks dinner and does the laundry is lucky. A wife whose husband does those things is luckier.

88.) When it comes to finding a partner to spend the rest of my life getting out of debt with, I could pick no one finer than you.

89.) They say couples married as long as us start to look alike. Just don’t start developing cleavage, OK?

90.) Your marriage = happiness. You Two = laughter. Your marriage = love.

Yours is a marriage of equals.

91.) If it’s true that there’s no such thing as a perfect couple, you guys sure have us fooled.

Anniversary Messages For LGBT Couples

Some couples are willing to defy society’s norms to honor their commitment to one another. Let them know you believe in them:

92.) Yours may not look like the marriages of old. But it’s going to last like the marriages of old.

93.) Narrow-mindedness. Bigotry. Fear. Your marriage is proof that love conquers all.

94.) Love, like yours, is the most natural thing in the world.

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Love like yours is the most natural thing in the world.

Greetings for Loving Unmarried Couples

Just because you’re not married doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the anniversary of your togetherness with some encouraging words:

95.) If living together feels this right, maybe it’s time to start thinking about marriage.

96.) Someday, we may tie the knot. But right now, we’re too busy enjoying each other. Happy cohabitation anniversary!

Milestone Anniversaries

Select which milestone from the groups below.

Happy First Anniversary

97.) For our first anniversary, we could have held a big bash. But I’d rather we just held each other.

98.) We didn’t have to go on The Bachelor for our marriage to be the talk of the town.

99.) They say the first year is the hardest. So let’s celebrate the hardest.

100.) An anniversary gift should be personal, and the 1st-anniversary gift should be paper. So I’m enclosing a personal check.

10th Anniversary

101.) We’ve been married for one decade. Let’s do something decadent.

102.) Tenable (ten’a bul) adj. 1. supportable; sustainable. 2. able to achieve ten years of wedded bliss

Happy 10th anniversary, honey.

103.) On our 10th anniversary, I’m supposed to give you a gift of tin or aluminum. But I always thought I was your perfect foil.

Happy 25th Anniversary — Silver

104.) For our 25th anniversary, I’m giving you something silver: A lock of my hair.

105.) It’s our silver anniversary. And I’ve spent 25 years putting the silver in your hair. (Thanks for accepting my gift so graciously.)

106.) 8895 days. 1300 weeks. 300 months. 25 years. One heckuva good time.

50 Year – Golden

107.) Fifty years of memories will keep us company when we’re not too busy making more of them!

108.) Fifty years ago, we saw a golden opportunity. So glad we saw it through.

109.) We can splurge on our golden anniversary because next year we’ll be spending a cent. (That’s over half a century.)

110.) It took 50 years to reach our golden anniversary. But you were my golden girl from day one.

111.) It’s all been about you since I met you.

112.) My favorite place in the world: your side.

113.) Hold my hand; I will go anywhere with you.

Anniversary Message from Child to Parents

If you’ve got two loving parents, consider yourself lucky. Here are some thoughts to let them know how you feel:

114.) I don’t know if you’ve got the perfect marriage. I just know I’ve got the perfect parents.

115.) You are two people who made something special of your marriage: Me. Glad you got together!

116.) Promise me you’ll always stay together. Playing you off against each other is working out well for me.

117.) Get high on your anniversary — I bought you a pair of plane tickets!

From Friends or Relatives

Is there a couple close to you whose devotion to each other sets a shining example? Let them know:

118.) It’s no surprise you two always seem to be laughing. To stay married as long as you guys, you have to have a sense of humor.

119.) You know marriage is working when it never looks like work.

120.) Half the world would give anything for what you’ve got: A marriage that works.

121.) You two remind us of a smartphone and a selfie stick. Made for each other.

122.) Another year down; forever to go.

123.) You two defy the rules of mathematics. You’ve proven that one is greater than two.

Short Anniversary Wishes

124.) Your Anniversary Day is a special day. Enjoy!

125.) Married life looks good on you. Wishing you another year of love, laughter, and happiness.

126.) You two make marriage bliss look easy. Congratulations! The happiest anniversary to you both!

127.) Staying in love is harder than falling in love. Happy Anniversary to the two who make it look easy.

128.) Never let go of the beautiful love that binds you. Warmest Anniversary Wishes.

129.) Your love is an inspiration to us all. Best wishes to our favorite couple.

130.) May every anniversary be like your wedding day, bringing you joy and happiness.

131.) Here’s to many more years of love and happiness together. Congrats.

132.) As you celebrate your special day, we wish your love grows stronger with every passing year.

133.) May God continue to bless your marriage. Happy first anniversary.

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Loving Wedding Anniversary Wishes

134.) There’s no other hand I’d rather hold. Happy Anniversary Love!

135.) I still fall for you every day.

136.) Another year love, another fabulous 365 days.

137.) After all this time, you’re still amazing to me!

138.) Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite. Sweet anniversary wishes to you.

139.) To my sweetheart and best friend, Happy Anniversary.

140.) Years ago, it started with “I do.” And now, more than ever, I love you. Happy Wedding Anniversary.

141.) Happy Anniversary to my better half.

142.) Looking forward to another year to discover new things about each other.

143.) Cheers to another day with my favorite person!

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Milestone Anniversary Messages

144.) May this special day be the first of many happy years to come.

145.) We go together like peanut butter and jelly.

146.) To cherish and love someone for 50 years is such a blessing. Happy Anniversary love!

147.) I will always be yours forever.

148.) Today, we celebrate your most difficult accomplishment, staying married to me all these years. Happy Anniversary.

149.) God proved his sense of humor when he matched you and me together. He also proved His genius.

150.) Happy Anniversary from someone that you’re probably shocked knew it was our anniversary.

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Funny Anniversary Quotes

151.) Some people ask the secret of our long marriage. We take time to go to a restaurant two times a week. A little candlelight, dinner, soft music and dancing. She goes Tuesdays, I go Fridays.
Henny Youngman

152.) I love being married. It’s so great to find one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.
Rita Rudner

153.) A wedding band is the smallest handcuff ever made, I’m glad I chose my cellmate wisely.

154.) Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.
Joyce Brothers

155.) A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.
Mignon McLaughlin

156.) A good marriage is like a casserole—only those responsible for it really know what goes in it.

157.) For marriage to be a success, every woman and every man should have her and his own bathroom. The end.
Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Anniversary quotes.

Good Anniversary Quotes

158.) The secret of a happy marriage is finding the right person. You know they’re right if you love to be with them all the time.
Julia Child

159.) You’re the cheese to my macaroni.

Anniversary wishes, quotes and messages.

160.) Real love stories never have endings.
Richard Bach

161.) A good wife always forgives her husband when she is wrong.
Milton Berle

162.) Loved you yesterday, love you still, always have, and always will.

163.) The best love is the kind that awakens the soul, makes us reach for more, plants the fire in our hearts, and brings peace to our minds. That’s what I hope to give you forever.
Nicholas Sparks

164.) A marriage anniversary is a celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance, and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.

Wedding Anniversary Quotes

165.) For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.
Judy Garland

166.) The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.

167.) If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

168.) I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things.
John Green

169.) I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride, so I love you because I know no other way.
Pablo Neruda

170.) An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joys of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow.

Happy Anniversary Quotes

171.) So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.
Paulo Coelho

172.) Love grows more tremendously full, swift, and poignant as the years multiply.
Zane Grey

173.) There is no more lovely, friendly, and charming relationship, communion, or company than a good marriage.
Martin Luther

174.) Forever is a measure of time used by people who share an ordinary love. Our extraordinary love is immeasurable… for us; forever just won’t do.
Steve Maraboli

175.) Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threaded, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years.
Simone Signoret

176.) At a touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.

Short Wedding Anniversary Messages

177.) The good things in life are better with you.

178.) You’re my favorite “hello” and my hardest “goodbye.”

179.) You’ve always been the reason I look forward to the next day.

180.) I can’t wait to create more precious memories together!

181.) Can’t wait for another year with my true love.

182.) You still melt my heart. Happy Anniversary.

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Thoughtful Anniversary Wishes

183.) You are and always will be my happy place.

184.) For better or worse, I still choose you. Happy Anniversary.

185.) Every day, I love you more than the day before.

186.) Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favorite.

187.) I am so excited to make all our dreams come true. I love you! Happy Anniversary.

Happy Anniversary Captions

188.) Ten years of marriage, and each one gets better and better!

189.) Same time next year?

190.) The best love stories go on and on!

191.) A wonderful anniversary is just being with you.

192.) It’s time to celebrate all over again.

193.) Happy anniversary wishes, Love!

194.) You know, this day never gets old.

195.) Happy marriage anniversary to the cutest couple.

196.) With love and affection.

197.) Stuck on you, and you’re stuck with me.

198.) And to many, many more!

199.) Being married to you is my anniversary gift.

200.) It takes two, Baby! Just me and you.

How to write Anniversary Wishes

Anniversary wishes can sometimes be difficult to write. From the wife, husband, or well-wisher’s perspective, it’s a challenge to find the right words for wedding anniversary wishes. So, how does one write a great anniversary message?

Well, it doesn’t hurt to review a large collection of anniversary wishes, quotes, and messages that others have written. Pull from their thoughts, then modify the words to make them your own: mix and match. Include an anniversary quote with a wedding anniversary wish. Hopefully, these anniversary wishes, quotes, and messages will be a nice resource for you.

Your anniversary times are some of the best reasons to celebrate. Have some fun with it.

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12 Tips for Writing Anniversary Wishes for Your Husband or Wife

1.) Nearly everyone I know would prefer to receive a letter and an anniversary card vs. just a card, so consider that. But a card is way better than nothing, so feel good about that.

2.) Handwritten notes and cards are required. It’s just not the time to send a text or email. If you’re going to spend some time writing a strong anniversary message, make sure it’s in a medium that will last a while. Nice stationery, nice cards, and a quality pen should do the job.

3.) Be yourself. You might get some ideas here but personalize them. Add to the message. Write in your talking voice – don’t try to be someone you’re not.

4.) Create a rough draft first. Here’s where you can use your laptop computer—use spell check. Don’t let your anniversary messages get lost because of poor grammar or typos.

5.) Begin with the end in mind. What do you want the reader of your card or letter to feel like after you’ve written it. Most folks want the person that receives an anniversary message to feel loved. You might also want them to feel recognized for the person they’ve made you. With a goal in mind, the words come easier.

6.) For your strong, silent types, anniversaries present the opportunity to come out of your shell. Use this opportunity. Don’t be afraid to gush a little. There’s not a reason to save up all of your good thoughts. Put them down on paper. Tell the person how you feel.

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7.) Be specific. Details paint a picture and make the note or card personal. Don’t just be vague. Call out some details about the person or your joint experiences that only the two of you know. After you write the card, ask yourself, “Could another person have written this card?” If the answer is “no,” you’ve probably done a nice job personalizing the card.

8.) God is in the details. Focus on your penmanship, and don’t forget little touches like a P.S., using the recipient’s nickname, drawing a heart on the envelope, etc. Perhaps the P.S. includes one thing you really love about the person.

9.) Take your time when writing – it’s not a race to get done. Sometimes the card and note will mean a lot more than any present.

10.) Along with your sincere thoughts, don’t be afraid to have some fun. But remember what your primary goals are in writing the card or letter.

11.) If you have a hard time starting, create a short outline. Maybe you decide to include three paragraphs, with the first paragraph is a walk down memory lane, where you describe how thrilled you were to start dating your spouse.

Maybe you begin with a quote on anniversaries or love. The second paragraph can fast forward to the present, where you let ’em know the qualities you love about them. And the third paragraph could address your future together, e.g., looking forward to many more great memories, etc. An outline can help organize your thoughts.

12.) If your recipient likes what you’ve written, tell them that you need to do a better job of letting them know how you feel every day.

Please let us know if you have any favorite Anniversary Wishes Quotes and Messages that we’ve missed.

Definition of Anniversary

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines an anniversary as the annual recurrence of a date marking a notable event; broadly: a date that follows such an event by a specified period of time measured in units other than years.

What are the Anniversary Gifts for each year?

1st year: Paper.
2nd year: Cotton.
3rd year: Leather.
4th year: Fruit or Flowers.
5th year: Wood.

6th year: Candy or Iron.
7th year: Copper or Wool.
9th year: Pottery.
10th year: Aluminum or Tin.

11th year: Steel.
12th year: Silk.
13th year: Lace.
14th year: Ivory.
15th year: Crystal.

20th year: China.
25th year: Silver.
30th year: Pearl.
35th year: Coral.
40th year: Ruby.

45th year: Sapphire.
50th year: Gold.
55th year: Emerald.
60th year: Diamond.

How to use Anniversary Wishes?

Well, there are many ways you could use anniversary messages, and here are a few:

A.) In person, after a romantic, candlelight dinner, speak the words to your sweetheart.
B.) Via a note or letter, select a favorite message and hand-write it.
C.) In a good morning text, tell the one you love how they make you feel special.
D.) Feature the selected words in a gift card that accompanies a diamond necklace or pearl earrings.
E.) As a caption to a photo you post commemorating the big night.

Be creative; have fun.

Our Anniversary Wishes Quotes and Messages page is your one-stop resource to find the right words for your big anniversary day. Wedding anniversaries come once a year, and you need to take the time to celebrate.

By Art Novak and Mike O’Halloran

Art Novak is an Emmy-winning writer, novelist, and Professor Emeritus at Savannah College of Art and Design. Mike is the founder and editor of Greeting Card Poet.

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